28 September 2018


Cankarjev dom, Linhart Hall

Jason Sharp is a saxophonist and composer from Montréal. His signature sound comes from performing with baritone or bass saxophone while wearing a customized heart monitor providing a single pulse to trigger analogue drums, sine wave patterns, controlled feedback, and synthesizers in real time. All electronic rhythmic material stems from this source.

His impressive 2016 debut A Boat Upon Its Blood was a molten and musically diverse work of modern composition inspired by a Robert Creeley poem, distinguished by Sharp’s use of a heart monitor and amplified breath to trigger various rhythmic and textural electronic elements – alongside his own saxophone playing and contributions from guest players on violin and lap steel guitar.

Stand Above the Streams from 2018 expands on this approach, with Sharp having further developed his custom midi and synthesis apparatuses, and most notably collaborating on these compositions with Adam Basanta, whose renowned practice in sound art, sound installation and autonomous sound systems makes for impressively immersive, layered and complex new work.

Jason Sharp has been a fixture of Montréal’s experimental/improv scene for many years, chiefly as a saxophonist exploring drone and durational music, while also collaborating in a wide variety of jazz, avant and contemporary music ensembles – he has several prior links to Constellation record label, notably as part of Sam Shalabi’s Land of Kush orchestra and Matana Roberts’ Coin Coin Chapter One, and as a session player on Thee Silver Mt Zion’s 2010 album Kollaps Tradixionales. He has shared the stage with Montreal improvisational artists such as Lori Freedman, Jean Derome, and Malcom Goldstein, as well as free jazz luminaries such as David S. Ware, Peter Brötzmann, Joe McPhee, and Ken Vandermark.